Morning Prayer
Feast of Corpus Christi



Domine labia mea aperies
et os meum adnuntiabit laudem tuam.

Agios o Theos, Agios Ischyros, Agios Athanatos,
Eleison imas.
Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortális,
miserére nobis.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us.


OPENING

Christ the Lord, † a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek,
-- offered bread and wine.

The gracious and merciful Lord † provides food for those who fear him,
in remembrance of his wonderful works.

I will lift up † the cup of salvation,
and offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving.

May the children † of the Church be like olive branches
around the table of the Lord.

He who makes peace † in the Church's borders is the Lord,
who fills us with the finest of wheat.


INVITATORY


Antiphon: His flesh is food indeed and his blood is drink indeed; Come let us adore him.


Psalm 95

1 Venite, laudemus Dóminum, *
iubilemus petrae Iesu nóstro.

2 Praeoccupemus vultum eius in actione gratiárum, *
in canticis iubilemús ei.

3 Quoniam fortis et magnus Dóminus, *
et rex magnus super omnes déos.

4 In cuius manu fundamenta térrae, *
et excelsa montium ipsiús sunt.

5 Cuius est mare ipse, enim fecit íllud, *
et siccam manus eius plasmavérunt.

6 Venite, adoremus et cúrvemur, *
flectamus genua ante faciem Domini factoris nóstri

7 Quia ipse est Deus nóster *
et nos populus pascuae eius et grex manus éius.

8 Hodie si vocem eius audierítis. *
nolite indurare corda véstra.

Antiphon: His flesh is food indeed and his blood is drink indeed; Come let us adore him.


HYMN          Verbum supernum prodiens

Verbum supernum prodiens,
Nec Patris linquens dexteram,
Ad opus suum exiens,
Venit ad vitæ vesperam.

In mortem a discipulo
Suis tradendus æmulis,
Prius in vitæ ferculo
Se tradidit discipulis.

Quibus sub bina specie
Carnem dedit et sanguinem;
Ut duplicis substantiæ
Totum cibaret hominem.

Se nascens dedit socium,
Convescens in edulium,
Se moriens in pretium,
Se regnans dat in præmium.

O salutaris hostia,
Quæ cæli pandis ostium,
Bella premunt hostilia;
Da robur, fer auxilium.

Uni trinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria:
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria.

The Word descending from above,
without leaving the right hand of his Father,
and going forth to do his work,
reached the evening of his life.

When about to be given over
to his enemies by one of his disciples,
to suffer death, he first gave himself
to his disciples as the bread of life.

Under a twofold appearance
he gave them his flesh and his blood;
that he might thus wholly feed us
made up of a twofold substance.

By his birth he gave himself as our companion;
at the Last Supper he gave himself as our food;
dying on the cross he gave himself as our ransom;
reigning in heaven he gives himself as our reward

O salutary Host,
Who expandest the door of the sky,
Hostile wars press.
Give strength; bear aid.

To the Lord One in Three,
May there be sempiternal glory;
May He grant us life without end
In the native land.



READING     Malachi 1:11
From farthest east to farthest west my name is honoured among the nations and everywhere a sacrifice of incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering too, since my name is honoured among the nations, says the Lord of Hosts.


The Psalms


Ant. 1: I will take up the cup of salvation, and I will offer a sacrifice of praise.

1
O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; *
     my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,
     as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.
2
Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *
     that I might behold your power and your glory.
3
For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *
     my lips shall give you praise.
4
So will I bless you as long as I live *
     and lift up my hands in your Name.
5
My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *
     and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,
6
When I remember you upon my bed, *
     and meditate on you in the night watches.
7
For you have been my helper, *
     and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.
8
My soul clings to you; *
     your right hand holds me fast.

Ant. 1: I will take up the cup of salvation, and I will offer a sacrifice of praise.


Ant. 2: You fed your people with the food of angels; you gave them bread from heaven, alleluia

1
Hallelujah!
Sing to the LORD a new song; *
     sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.
2
Let Israel rejoice in his Maker; *
     let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3
Let them praise his Name in the dance; *
     let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
4
For the LORD takes pleasure in his people *
     and adorns the poor with victory.
5
Let the faithful rejoice in triumph; *
     let them be joyful on their beds.
6
Let the praises of God be in their throat *
     and a two-edged sword in their hand;
7
To wreak vengeance on the nations *
     and punishment on the peoples;
8
To bind their kings in chains *
     and their nobles with links of iron;
9
To inflict on them the judgment decreed; *
     this is glory for all his faithful people.
     Hallelujah!


Ant. 2: You fed your people with the food of angels; you gave them bread from heaven, alleluia


Ant. 3: Wisdom has built her house. She has mingled her wine and furnished her table.

1
The LORD is my shepherd; *
     I shall not want.
2
He makes me lie down in green pastures *
     and leads me beside still waters.
3
He restores my soul *
     and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
4
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil; *
     for you are with me;
     your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5
You spread a table before me in the presence of my enemies; *
     you have anointed my head with oil,
     and my cup is running over.
6
Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my
                                life, *
     and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.


Ant. 3: Wisdom has built her house. She has mingled her wine and furnished her table.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

First Reading
Genesis 14:13-20

 Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, who was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and of Aner; these were allies of Abram. When Abram heard that his nephew had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. He divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and routed them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus. Then he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his nephew Lot with his goods, and the women and the people.

 After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. He blessed him and said,
‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
   maker of heaven and earth;
and blessed be God Most High,
   who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’
And Abram gave him one-tenth of everything.



Canticle
Te Deum Laudamus

You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord; we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you;
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
you did not shun the Virgin's womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God's right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.
 


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Second Reading
Hebrews 4:14-5:10

 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not presume to take this honour, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

 So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
‘You are my Son,
   today I have begotten you’;
as he says also in another place,
‘You are a priest for ever,
   according to the order of Melchizedek.’

 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.


Second Canticle
Benedictus

Antiphon: I am that living bread + which comes down from heaven; / anyone who eats this bread shall live forever.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old,
that he would save us from our enemies, *
from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.


Antiphon: I am that living bread + which comes down from heaven; / anyone who eats this bread shall live forever.

Collect:
O God, in a wonderful sacrament you have left us a memorial of your passion: grant us so to venerate the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood, that we may always perceive within ourselves the fruit of your redemption; for you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

Intercessions

Brethren, let us pray with joy to Jesus Christ, the bread of life.
  -  Blessed are they who will eat bread in your kingdom.
Christ, priest of the new and eternal covenant, on the altar of the cross you offered your Father a perfect sacrifice:
  -  teach us to offer that sacrifice with you. (R.)
Christ, high king of priest and justice, you consecrated bread and wine as a sign of your self-offering of yourself:
  -  make us part of that offering. (R.)
Christ, true worshipper of the Father, from the rising of the sun to its setting the Church offers your pure sacrifice:
  -  as you feed us with one bread, so make us one in your body. (R.)
Christ, manna sent down from heaven, you feed the Church on your body and blood:
  -  make us walk through life strengthened by this holy food. (R.)
Christ, you stand at the door and knock, the unseen guest at our banquet:
  -  come to us, dine with us and let us be with you. (R.)

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
 hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
 thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
 and forgive us our trespasses
 as we forgive those that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.

O God, you have given us a wonderful sacrament as an abiding memorial of your passion.
Grant, we pray you, that we may celebrate the sacred mysteries of your body and blood
 in such a way that we constantly feel within us the effects of your redemption.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
 who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
 God for ever and ever.
Amen.



 
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